5 Forest of Dean Picnic Spots

It’s almost July, and if you haven’t had a chance to catch up with family or friends, now’s the perfect time. The Forest of Dean is packed with beautiful picnic spots that are just waiting for you. I remember as a kid, splashing around in the brook at Wenchford and then tucking into a picnic under the trees. Those are the best memories!  The Forest of Dean really has it all when it comes to dining al-fresco. Whether you’re looking for a cosy woodland nook, a sunny riverside spot, or a stunning viewpoint, you’ll find the perfect place.

Here are our top 5 Forest of Dean picnic spots.

 

Lower Wyncliff

Lower Wyncliff is a lovely spot to have a picnic.  There are benches where you can enjoy a pleasant view.  You can climb 365 steps (one for each day of the year) to The Eagles Nest.  This is one of the most spectacular view points in the Wye Valley.   Alternatively, you can enjoy a walk through Wyncliff Woods.

 

Mallard’s Pike Lake

Voted the best place to picnic in the South West by Warburton’s Picnic Awards 2010.  Mallard’s Pike is a beautiful setting for a picnic with several lakes surrounded by woodland.  It’s popular with locals and visitors alike and is an adventure activity destination.  It’s home to Go Ape Tree Top Challenge, Forest Segway’s and the Gruffalo Orienteering. Most people take a walk around the lake and sit and enjoy the picturesque scenery.  Save some bread for  the ducks and look out for the dragonflies that skim the pond.  There is a café that sells hot and cold refreshments and BBQ facilities available.

 

Symonds Yat Rock

An iconic viewpoint overlooking the River Wye.  It’s one of the best places in the country to observe Peregrine Falcons.  There are five walking routes and a cycling route that take you through woodland and along riverside trails.  With plenty of scenic spots to stop off and have your perfect picnic.  There are many places to explore including the popular Symonds Yat Rock to Biblins Loop finishing at the Log Café where there are picnic tables and refreshments available.

 

Beechenhurst

Located in the heart of the Forest of Dean and home to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail Beechenhurst is the perfect rain or shine picnic destination.  Located in the heart of the Forest of Dean and home to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.  There is plenty of outdoor space for a game of football or rounders.   A lovely café with indoor seating if it gets a little chilly.  There is an adventure playground  for little ones where parents can sit at picnic tables and have a cuppa while their children play.  There is an interactive Gruffalo Trail to keep thementertained.  Meanwhile youngsters can enjoy the climbing tower and Go Ape Tree-top Adventure with zip wire.

 

May Hill – Cliffords Mense

A truly magical place for a picnic.  May hill is one of the highest hills in Gloucestershire with a clump of trees that are a well-known landmark that can be seen from miles around.  It’s summit on the western edge is in Gloucestershire and its slopes on the northern edge are in Herefordshire.  Sometimes there are ponies and cattle grazing on the hillside.  It’s a great place to go and fly a kite and one of the best locations in the Forest of Dean to watch the sun setting.

 

OUR 10 TOP TIPS FOR PICNICING IN THE FOREST OF DEAN 

  1. Pack Essentials : Bring a picnic blanket, reusable cutlery, plates, cups, and napkins. Don’t forget the cooling packs to keep your food fresh and drinks cold (there should be some in the freezers at your holiday home).
  2. Choose the Right Spot: Arrive early to secure a good spot, especially during weekends and holidays. Consider spots like Beechenhurst or Mallards Pike for easy access to amenities and activities.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of water, especially if you’re planning to hike or spend the entire day outdoors. Reusable water bottles are a great eco-friendly option.
  4. Prepare for the Weather: Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Pack sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses for sunny days, and bring an extra layer or a waterproof jacket in case it gets chilly or rains.
  5. Food Safety: Pack perishable items like meats and dairy in a cooler with ice packs. Keep your cooler in the shade and avoid leaving food out in the sun for too long.
  6. Bring Activities: Pack games like frisbees, footballs, or a deck of cards to keep everyone entertained. Nature trails and sculpture trails offer added fun and exploration.
  7. Leave No Trace: Bring trash bags to collect all your rubbish and leave the area clean. Respect the environment and wildlife by not feeding animals and sticking to designated paths.
  8. For Inspiration  : Check out Perfect Picnic on Pinterest for Perfect spots, lovely local produce & the best picnic recipes  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/willowforeststays/walking-holiday/
  9.  Done For You : Alternatively, phone Forest Deli where you can place an order for a bespoke picnic packed full of local produce that you can collect the next day. https://forest-deli.co.uk/picnics/
  10. Plan for rest breaks : There are toilets at Beechenhurst, Mallards Pike and Symonds Yat to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

 

We hope that you have a memorable picnic this Summer.  And if you do, don’t forget to tag us in at #willowforeststays and let us know where you found your perfect place  to  picnic.

 

 

 

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